It's nice to be validatedPublic schools have an impossible challenge with 25+ kids in each room- pray for those teachers
Check out Great Hearts Academies at http://greatheartsaz.org/ . Veritas Preparatory Academy is one of the best schools in the nation. It is a Liberal Arts 6-12 charter school that requires its students to take the same core classes including a daily two hour humane letters seminar (with experienced teachers of the Socratic method under the influence of Mortimer Adler teaching the Great Books of Western Civilization.) Every student studies Latin (and ancient Greek is offered in the high school),drama, studio art, and chorus.Homeschoolers have done well in Veritas' intellectualy rigorous environment. Also, many Catholics are attracted to Great Hearts Academies because the diocesan schools in Phoenix are more like your ordinary public school in terms of their curriculum and rigor than like anything resembling the education they know their children deserve--an education that among other things is rich in the tradition of Western thought. There are no laws against reading the Bible or Augustine or St. Thomas' Summa in public schools here!
There is no substitute for the love and quality of education given at home by parents who are caring and concerned about their children and what and how they need be taught. The True Faith first, then wholesome classic reading skills and materials second; all else with will follow. Holiness and wholesomeness in every aspect of life and learning. NO other school can offer these things. None. Home school with faith and love and you will never go wrong.
Public schools have an impossible challenge with 25+ kids in each room- pray for those teachers."I agree to pray for all teachers, but I went through Catholic school with never less than 30 kids to a classroom and we learned and we learned well. The difference is we were taught basics thoroughly, reading was emphasized, along with phonics, and there was absolutely no emotional time-wasting hand-wring touchy-feely crud in the day.
We should pray for all of our teachers. And we should be aware that the study after study have shown that school performance only correlates negatively to class size once the class size gets above 60. Student performance more directly correlates to time in the class studying and the attitudes of the teachers and parents. I have personally witnessed refugees who came to the US with nothing but the tattered cloths on their backs and who through hard work and focus end up as stellar students within the public school system. These students weren't native speakers of English. So they were learning their subjects in a foreign language -- and still they excelled. It's a myth that performance is tied to small class sizes or computers in the class room. A solid work ethic, a spirit of determination and the expectation of achievement are the bedrock of high performance. A culture of hard work and not a culture of entitlement or technology or class size is what is required.
These statistics are not surprising at all. LaQuisha with an absentee father and working mother is at the public school. This is reality, not some fake Akeela and the Bee movie, and without help she's not going to be raising the averages. She's not going to be home-schooled and she's not going to be at a private school. I thank God for our public schools; for the teachers; for the leaven of students who have a positive home life and for the volunteers who work with the kids to give them extra help; for the special education programs helping kids who have autism, Down syndrome, etc.
I'm curious to know how homeschooling saves taxpayers money. I think it *should* work that way, but does it? I pay my school taxes--by far the largest chunk of my property taxes each year--although I homeschool my children.
I know I am saving my school district tens of thousands of dollars. I homeschool 6 school-aged children including one that would require special services and an IEP.
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